What horses can teach us about breathing mindfully

During my Connect with Horses mindfulness meditation retreats, as an introduction to mindfulness, participants discover how to breathe more mindfully. As with equine-guided meditation and equine-led walking meditation, it is an activity that participants practice in the presence of our horses. A lot has been written about how horses use breathing to connect and to communicate. Horses …

Finding Your Way

I have long been convinced of the impact a well-constructed vision board can have on our ability to realise our objectives and ambitions. I included the concept is the first book I wrote, nearly 10 years ago now, Horse Riding Confidence Secrets, helping horse riders to regain their horse riding confidence after, for example, a …

How to practice Art Meditation

Art Maditation

This is another article in my stress management strategies series "How to Cope with Stress." We have so far discussed various meditation methods: working meditation, writing meditation, walking meditation, sleep meditation, visualisation meditation, breathing meditation and Christian meditation. Today we look at Art Meditation: what it is and how to practice it. “Art enables us to …

Grateful for what we have

Comparing Meditation Retreats

If wishes were horses! I wish we had a whirlpool/jacuzzi/spa tub at our retreat. It would have been wonderful to lie back into hot, swirling bubbles at the end of a busy day of walking meditation, writing meditation and working meditation sessions. Especially if we also did an equine-assisted experiential learning session. Instead, all we have is a …

Best Paella Recipe

If you come on a mindfulness meditation retreat at Les Sources Sacrées, we will feed your mind as well as your body. Les Sources Sacrées is a secluded but not isolated retreat house deep in the heart of Gascony, in the sun-drenched south of France – land of « milk and honey », or rather land of …

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